Turning Around the Runaway Fat Train Is Haaaard

If you read my post last month, you know that I gained a bunch of weight in the past year, and I’m ready to lose it. Well, since I threw down the gauntlet, blog-style, I’ve been busy working on turning around my runaway train to obesity. That’s really how it feels.

All of my daily habits and thought patterns were moving in the direction of fat-itude, and FAST. First, I had to slow down the train (stop binging on junk food), get it to a full stop (make a plan for weight loss) and s-l-o-w-l-y push the train in the opposite direction. That included making a mental commitment to change, joining a local gym, signing up for a year of weekly personal training sessions and tracking my daily food intake/exercise.

God, it’s hard. I might be particularly complain-y right now because my muscles are ridiculously sore 36 hours after one of my first personal training sessions. That young, blond, muscly whippersnapper showed me no mercy. Just 30 minutes of punishing my wobbly, sedentary ass (he called it “shocking” the muscles. I’d definitely agree they were shocked). And there’s nothing in the house to snack on, other than healthy stuff, so I’m jonesin’ for my old nightly goodies.

Can’t say exactly if I’ve lost any weight yet. I get my official measurements taken next week at my personal training session, and that’s where I’m going to start with numbers. But as hard as this is, I’m glad as hell I’ve at least turned the train around and gotten myself back on track. I just have to keep telling myself, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…”

7 thoughts on “Turning Around the Runaway Fat Train Is Haaaard

  1. Have you read Jen Lancaster's "Such a Pretty Fat"? It's her typical style of sarcastic humor and a very quick, light read- but it was good. I love the part when she gets on the scale and realizes that she weighs 50lbs more than she was expecting to see on the scale. Been there.

    You go girl! I worked out with a trainer for the first time this year, and it made a huge difference in how hard I worked. I had no idea that I wasn't getting close to pushing myself on my own.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I know you can! I know you can! I know you can! AAP

  3. I've been doing a similar thing. My friend challenged her Facebook friends to a 100 mile/month walking challenge. I decided that what the heck I can do it. I then decided to track my food intake again as well. Well after the 1st week I sat down and figured out how much per day I would have to do to get to 100 miles. YOWSER! But I have been sticking to it, and my husband has been going along with me and figuring out how we can fit in more walking. Results have been good and right now I am on track to get to 100 (I should be at 50 sometime on Friday).
    I use Sparkpeople (www.sparkpeople.com) to track my food intake and fitness. That site also has a way to put in recipes and get the nutrient info per serving.
    From January until March I was logging everything and doing really good. Then I got sick, then I was frustrating with gaining weight while I was sick (although I ate nothing)…….so I started to slack and then stopped. SO I hope to at least finish off the year the way it started.
    Good luck to you!

  4. AndreaDaleTTP says:

    I am also on the "road to fitness" as I shed 15 lbs with cycling, contra dancing, and hiking, with healthy eating *wry grin.* Here's an idea, given your soreness, how about adding a monthly massage to reward yourself? Just an idea 🙂

  5. Good for you!! Just gotta stay positive and push yourself. Soon, working out will feel less of a struggle and obligation, and turn into something you truly look forward to. Keep it up 🙂

  6. @Dana – I haven't read that one, but it sounds good. Thanks for the tip!

    @Andrea and AAP – Your confidence in me means a lot. Thanks!

    @DDK23 – I'm using SparkPeople too. What's your handle? Let's be friends!

    @AndreaDaleTTP – Monthly massage sounds awesome. Great idea!

    @Arielle – Thanks for your encouragement.

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